A few years ago, a Regional Framework for Regional Growth was drafted and approved. Let’s face it – Buffalo and Erie County are not planned in any sort of cohesive fashion. Instead, everything is haphazard, parochial, and ad hoc.
A regional planning board exists in most counties in New York State. But not in Erie County. It would be advisory and made up of volunteers. It would provide guidance and advice – not mandates. Yet County Executive Chris Collins has said he’ll veto it.
This of course means absolutely nothing, since the legislature is currently veto-proof in favor of the Democrats. So Collins can veto all he wants.
One small fraction of WNY’s problems stem from a lack of planning and a lack of discussion. There’s a lack of consideration for the consequences that our decisions have in the long term. Instituting a body – which we already agreed to do under the framework – to help give advice on these issues seems like a no-brainer to me.
If you haven’t already, check out Donn Esmonde’s column on the subject, which I think is dead-on.
But Buffalo is the place where good ideas come to die, so Collins’ opposition should surprise no one. Where’s my Six Sigma shirt?